Earlier this week, we pointed out that Xbox fans wanted to know what was going on with Square Enix in 2023, and that article ended up being shared far and wide, creating an entirely new story of its own!
Xbox News for Koreans on Twitter responded to the article by sharing a Microsoft response to the UK CMA from back in October, suggesting that Final Fantasy VII Remake can't appear on Xbox as Sony has signed an "exclusion" agreement.
This was then picked up by the likes of Windows Central, with the outlet claiming that Microsoft's wording indicates FF7 Remake, along with the likes of Silent Hill 2 and Final Fantasy XVI, might never reach the Xbox platform.
It definitely looks that way at first glance, although we'll admit we're a bit sceptical — this could just be a case of poor wording on Microsoft's part. There's no mention of the word "timed", but that might be what the company is referring to.
Take a look for yourself and you be the judge!
"Exclusivity strategies are not uncommon in the games industry and other market participants have access to their own content. Both Sony’s and Nintendo’s exclusive first-party games rank among the best-selling in Europe and worldwide. Current Sony exclusive content includes prominent first-party titles such as The Last of Us, Ghosts of Tsushima, God of War, and Spiderman. "
"In addition to having outright exclusive content, Sony has also entered into arrangements with third-party publishers which require the 'exclusion' of Xbox from the set of platforms these publishers can distribute their games on. Some prominent examples of these agreements include Final Fantasy VII Remake (Square Enix), Bloodborne (From Software), the upcoming Final Fantasy XVI (Square Enix) and the recently announced Silent Hill 2 remastered (Bloober team)."
This one could really go either way. Final Fantasy VII Remake's PlayStation exclusivity window was supposed to have expired a very long time ago, but we've still not seen it on Xbox as of yet. Silent Hill 2 and Final Fantasy XVI both have timed exclusivity on PS5 as well, but again, that doesn't guarantee an Xbox version in the future.
And as for Bloodborne? Well, that's a game that was published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, so it seems strange that Microsoft would mention it in this context — again, maybe a case of poor wording on the company's part.
Whatever the case may be, we're not getting our hopes up that we'll see any of these games on Xbox in the future, especially considering Square Enix seems to be focusing on the platform a lot less in 2023.